Henry IV Part 1

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Enter the Arch-Bishop of Yorke, and Sir Michell.Enter the Archbishop of York and Sir Michael 1H4 IV.iv.1.1
Hie, good Sir Michell, beare this sealed Briefe Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealed briefbrief (n.)
letter, dispatch, message
1H4 IV.iv.1
hie (v.)
hasten, hurry, speed
With winged haste to the Lord Marshall, With winged haste to the Lord Marshal, 1H4 IV.iv.2
This to my Cousin Scroope, and all the rest This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest 1H4 IV.iv.3
To whom they are directed. If you knew To whom they are directed. If you knew 1H4 IV.iv.4
how much they doe import, / You would make haste. How much they do import you would make haste. 1H4 IV.iv.5
My good Lord, My good lord, 1H4 IV.iv.6
I guesse their tenor. I guess their tenor.tenor, tenour (n.)
substance, content, matter, drift
1H4 IV.iv.7.1
Like enough you doe. Like enough you do.like (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
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To morrow, good Sir Michell, is a day, Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day 1H4 IV.iv.8
Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men 1H4 IV.iv.9
Must bide the touch. For Sir, at Shrewsbury, Must bide the touch. For, sir, at Shrewsbury,touch (n.)
touchstone, test, proof
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bide (v.)
face, await, undergo
As I am truly giuen to vnderstand, As I am truly given to understand, 1H4 IV.iv.11
The King, with mightie and quick-raysed Power, The King with mighty and quick-raised powerpower (n.)
armed force, troops, host, army
1H4 IV.iv.12
Meetes with Lord Harry: and I feare, Sir Michell, Meets with Lord Harry, and, I fear, Sir Michael, 1H4 IV.iv.13
What with the sicknesse of Northumberland, What with the sickness of Northumberland, 1H4 IV.iv.14
Whose Power was in the first proportion; Whose power was in the first proportion,proportion (n.)
measure, extent, degree, magnitude
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And what with Owen Glendowers absence thence, And what with Owen Glendower's absence thence, 1H4 IV.iv.16
Who with them was rated firmely too, Who with them was a rated sinew too,rated (adj.)
valued, prized, to be reckoned with
1H4 IV.iv.17
sinew (n.)
strength, force, power
And comes not in, ouer-rul'd by Prophecies, And comes not in, o'erruled by prophecies, 1H4 IV.iv.18
I feare the Power of Percy is too weake, I fear the power of Percy is too weak 1H4 IV.iv.19
To wage an instant tryall with the King. To wage an instant trial with the King.instant (adj.)
immediate, direct
1H4 IV.iv.20
wage (v.)
risk, venture upon, engage in
Why, my good Lord, you need not feare, Why, my good lord, you need not fear, 1H4 IV.iv.21
There is Dowglas, and Lord Mortimer. There is Douglas, and Lord Mortimer. 1H4 IV.iv.22
No, Mortimer is not there. No, Mortimer is not there. 1H4 IV.iv.23
But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy, But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy, 1H4 IV.iv.24
And there is my Lord of Worcester, / And a Head And there is my Lord of Worcester, and a headhead (n.)
fighting force, army, body of troops
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of gallant Warriors, / Noble Gentlemen. Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen. 1H4 IV.iv.26
And so there is, but yet the King hath Drawne And so there is. But yet the King hath drawn 1H4 IV.iv.27
The speciall head of all the Land together: The special head of all the land together. 1H4 IV.iv.28
The Prince of Wales, Lord Iohn of Lancaster, The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster, 1H4 IV.iv.29
The Noble Westmerland, and warlike Blunt; The noble Westmorland, and warlike Blunt, 1H4 IV.iv.30
And many moe Corriuals, and deare men And many more corrivals and dear menmo, moe (adj.)
more [in number]
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dear (adj.)

old form: deare
noble, honourable, worthy
corrival, co-rival (n.)

old form: Corriuals
ally, associate, partner
Of estimation, and command in Armes. Of estimation and command in arms. 1H4 IV.iv.32
Doubt not my Lord, he shall be well oppos'd Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well opposed. 1H4 IV.iv.33
I hope no lesse? Yet needfull 'tis to feare, I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear, 1H4 IV.iv.34
And to preuent the worst, Sir Michell speed; And to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed.prevent (v.)

old form: preuent
take steps to thwart, avoid by prompt action
1H4 IV.iv.35
For if Lord Percy thriue not, ere the King For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the King 1H4 IV.iv.36
Dismisse his power, he meanes to visit vs: Dismiss his power he means to visit us, 1H4 IV.iv.37
For he hath heard of our Confederacie, For he hath heard of our confederacy,confederacy (n.)

old form: Confederacie
alliance, conspiracy, plot, united opposition
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And, 'tis but Wisedome to make strong against him: And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him. 1H4 IV.iv.39
Therefore make hast, I must go write againe Therefore make haste – I must go write again 1H4 IV.iv.40
To other Friends: and so farewell, Sir Michell.To other friends. And so, farewell, Sir Michael. 1H4 IV.iv.41
Exeunt.Exeunt 1H4 IV.iv.41
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